Inspiring Quotes ~ 6

inspirational daily inspirational quotes

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas Edison

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Dr. Seuss


Honour The Commitment You Make to Yourself

If we look at the lives of saints and gurus we find one quality that was critical to their success. The quality that set them apart was a diligent commitment to their life’s goals. The secret to success is to stick to your goal through rain or shine, through smooth or rough waters. This is true whether we wish to attain a spiritual goal or a worldly achievement.

Even people who attained worldly goals in the fields of sports, the sciences, or the arts have accomplished wonders through their commitment. In this connection, let me narrate an anecdote from the life of Rabindranath Tagore. He established Shantiniktetan and would work hard there every day.

Once, Mahatma Gandhi was visiting him there; he had gone there to give a public talk. Afterwards, he spent time with Tagore, discussing topics of interest to them both. Following lunch, Gandhi went to take rest when some of the ashram workers followers, of Tagore, approached him.

“Can you help us, Gandhiji? they asked. “What is it?” asked the Mahatma. “We are worried about the health of Rabindranath Tagore,” they explained. “He is not keeping good health. The doctors advised him to take rest but he refuses. After lunch, he immediately goes back to work and does not take a moments rest. We do not want his health to fail.” Gandhi asked, “Why do you want me to tell him to rest?” They replied, “We know he will not go against your advice.”

After Gandhi had rested a while he went to Tagore’s residence and saw that he was deeply immersed in his work. When Tagore looked up and saw Gandhi standing there he asked him, ”Are you not comfortable that you have come out from your rest so soon?”

Gandhi replied: “I have come to ask you to take rest after your lunch so your health does not fail. You are not keeping fit these days.”

Tagore replied: “How can i do that? I must tell you the truth so that you will understand. When i was 12 I took a vow never to rest at any time during the day for any reason. Up to now i have kept that vow. How many more years do i have to live? Why would i break that vow now?”

Tagore’s firm determination and commitment to his promise moved Gandhi. For 67 years Tagore had never rested during the day. Gandhi was impressed by his commitment to his goal and told him, “Now l know the secret of your success”

If someone who makes a commitment as Tagore had to a worldly goal and achieved great success, imagine what we could do in the spiritual realms. If we could commit to our mediation with the same determination as Tagore did to his writing, we would also be successful. The trouble we face is not capable of spiritual progress, because that gift is available to each of us, but that we lack commitment and make only halfhearted attempts. But if we were to meditate regularly each day then we would find the progress we seek.

The more we perfect our meditations, the more we come in contact with the source of love within, and the more we love, the more we are loved by others. We will find that things that upset us before no longer have any sway over us. Peace and harmony will enter our hearts and homes. Our family and social life will become peaceful and blissful.

If we are sincerely interested in knowing more about ourselves, the means to do so are available.

Writer – Rajinder Singh ji, Source – The Speaking tree, 15 April 2009, Image Source –

Cohesive Power Of Love

The force of love is the same as the force of soul or truth. We have evidence of its working at every step. The universe would disappear without the existence of that force…
Scientists tell us that, without the presence of the cohesive force amongst the atoms that comprise this globe, it would crumble to pieces and we would cease to exist; and even as there is cohesive force in matter, so must there be in all things animate, and that cohesive force among animate beings is love. We notice it between parent and child, between siblings and also friends. But we have to learn to use that force among all that lives, and in the use of it consists our knowledge of God. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction…
If love or non-violence be not the law of our being…there is no escape from a periodical recrudescence of war, each succeeding one outdoing the preceding one in ferocity…
All teachers have taught us that law with more or less vigour. If love was not the law of life, life would not have persisted in the midst of death. Life is a perpetual triumph over the grave. If there is a fundamental distinction between man and beast, it is the former’s progressive recognition of the law and its application in practice to his own personal life. All saints, ancient and modern, were each according to his light and capacity a living illustration of that supreme Law of our being. That the brute in us seems so often to gain an easy triumph is true enough. That, however, does not disprove the law. It shows the difficulty of practice. How should it be otherwise with a law which is as high as truth itself ? When the practice of the law becomes universal, God will prevail on earth as He does in Heaven…Earth and Heaven are in us. We know the Earth, we are strangers to the Heaven. If it is allowed that for some the practice of love is possible, it is arrogance not to allow even the possibility of its practice in all the others…

I endeavour to represent love in every fibre of my being…I discovered that, if i was to realise Truth, I must obey, even at the cost of my life, the law of love. And having been blessed with children, I discovered that the law of Love could be best understood and learned through little children. Were it not for us…our children would be perfectly innocent. I believe that the child is not born mischievous in the bad sense of the term. If parents would behave themselves whilst the child is growing, before it is born and after, the child would instinctively obey the law of Truth and the law of Love. Understanding this, I began a gradual but distinct change in life…
To the extent that i have represented Love in my life, in thought, word, and deed, I have realised the ‘Peace that passed understanding’. I have baffled my friends when they have noticed in me peace that they have envied, and they have asked me for the cause of that priceless possession. I have not been able to explain the cause save by saying that, if my friends found that peace in me, it was due to an attempt to obey this, the greatest law of our being.

— M K Gandhi

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